Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
Confirm site of pregnancy
Determine gestational age of fetuses
Confirm the number of fetuseses
A very specific algorithm is used to calculate a risk factor for Down syndrome, Patau syndrome and Edwards’ syndrome with information provided through ultrasound, a blood test and the mother’s age.
A risk factor is also calculated for the development of Preeclampsia, Intrauterine growth restriction and preterm delivery.
This test does NOT test the DNA itself.
From a medical perspective, the position of the placenta is determined, and the weight of baby is calculated.
This ultrasound is extremely important to determine whether there are any structural abnormalities in the fetuses.
The face, brain, heart, abdominal organs, spine and limbs are among the structures evaluated.
Growth & Doppler Studies
Doppler studies are used to determine the blood flow to and from the fetuses.
The growth of the baby is evaluated by measuring the head, abdomen and femur
I am a qualified and passionate sonographer who started my career in Pretoria as a radiographer at the Little Company of Mary hospital while studying and completing my degree during this time. I completed my community service at the Potchefstroom Hospital in 2009, which was a busy and extremely rewarding time.
My desire to always learn new things inspired me to complete my ultrasound degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2012. In 2013 I relocated to East London and worked at a Radiology practice until 2015 and then moved to Port Elizabeth where I started working at the Fetal Ultrasound Center. This is where I developed a great passion working with parents-to-be and showing them their tiny little miracle and at the same time applying my knowledge in detecting abnormalities or pathology intra-uterine.
I reside in George with my husband and three precious daughters. Being a mom myself I know the joy, excitement and love of seeing your little unborn baby for the first time. I love every second of my career and will always cherish being part of such a beautiful miracle.
I am extremely privileged to be accredited with the Fetal Medicine Foundation, London UK, in both Down screening and Fetal Anomalies. In 2016 I was blessed to start my very own practice in the beautiful Garden Route, providing services to patients of most gynaecologists and private patients from Mossel bay to Knysna and Klein Karoo.
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Reasons to get an ultrasound
Confirm the pregnancy and its location
Confirm the number
Evaluate your baby’s growth
Study the placenta and amniotic fluid levels
Identify birth defects
Q: Why do a Fetal Anomaly ultrasound?
A: A fetal anomaly ultrasound is performed after 18 weeks of gestation and preferably after 20 weeks. In this ultrasound scan, all organs are being evaluated for any structural abnormalities. The position of the placenta and blood supply to the placenta.
Q: What is Down Screening?
A: The Down screening is offered to all mothers, regardless their age and ethnicity. In the screening, three types of information are used to work out a risk factor. The first is the mother’s background (weight, blood group etc.) The second is blood tests from the mother where we look at the levels of two hormones. The third, ultrasound findings which include the Nuchal Translucency and presence of the nasal bone. The risk factor is calculated on a algorthym used worldwide.
Q: Why not my Doctor?
A: Time is in my favour and I can spend more time looking at detail in most cases. I also invest in continuous development and attending world congresses. Your doctor is also qualified to perform the ultrasound.
Q: What if you find anything to worry about?
A: You will always be informed straight away, and the pathology will be thoroughly explained. I always try to get a fetal maternal specialist’s opinion and assist in organizing an appointment with the specialist in Cape Town if needed and suggested by the specialist.
Q: How are payments made?
A: The practice is not affiliated with any medical aid. Payments should be made on the day of the appointment with cash, Snapscan or proof of payment of an EFT. No card facilities. Invoices will have the procedure codes and can be used to claim back from your medical aid.
Bring your own
You don’t need a referral from your Doctor or Midwife
Report will be sent to your Doctor or Midwife
3D/4D ultrasounds available
*please try not to bring toddlers along
What People Say
I would recommend her to any mommy to be 💜
Thank you Anica!!! If I could do my other scans all over again I would only come to you!!!